Friday, December 07, 2007

Can you believe it?

Here's a new experience in the life of Eero....

I left work at 3:30pm today...tired, hungry, glad the week was over.
Did some errands, driving carefully since the roads are icy with new snow...

Went home, damned hungry, made a giant burrito dinner, ate the whole thing and drank a nice, cold beer, read the new Art in America (so-so) and American Craft (fantastic)....

What didn't I do?

I completely FORGOT to go to my own damn art opening! I remembered when I looked at my blog at 8pm....which is, coincidentally, the time that the openings are over....and saw the images of the paintings in the group exhibit.

Double damn!

I'll just have to go by the gallery tomorrow and see if anything sold....

Seven Random Facts, revisited....

I've been tagged by the fabulous Needle's Edge....
If you're not familiar with this meme, here's the goods:

"Each person tagged gives seven random (or weird) facts about themselves. Those tagged need to write on their blogs seven facts, as well as the rules of the game. You need to tag seven others and list their names on your blog. You have to leave those you plan on tagging a note in their comments so they know that they have been tagged and need to read your blog".

I did this same list back in May, as it turns out! No worries, I have oodles of random, weird facts....

1. I have tattooed feet.

2. I am allergic to all of the Nightshades: tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers..... the more acidic the fruiting body, the worse it is.

3. I hate it when people eat while they are walking around. It annoys me to no end. Sit and eat!

4. I love sleeping and have a vivid, complex dream life.

5. I talk to myself almost constantly.

6. An in-depth personality assessment test once told me that my ideal career would to be a pathologist.

7. I am afraid of heights.....but I found that with repeated exposure, the fear lessens. I had to restain the siding on my house. The first trip up the ladder was a sweating, white-knuckled nightmare. After the 10th or 15th time, I could control the fear.

As per the rules, I need to tag seven fellow bloggers!
I tag:
(if he EVER updates his blog.....)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Another Look

A few more parts of paintings from my recent work. Acrylic ink on a gouache/watercolor background. I really love doing the intricate drawing with a fine calligraphy nib. Mucho fun.
The above painting is titled, "Elemental Study."

I just got (another) shipment of art supplies in the post from Dick Blick. (Imagine that art supplier name with hearts all around it---I LOVE Dick Blick. They are wonderful for long-distance purchasing!) In the shipment are the new acrylic inks I ordered. When I first used them at Penland, I just knew that at some point I was going to end up collecting every color available. Well, it's not that bad.....I did indulge in three shades of green, a sunny, bright yellow and a turquoise that I can't wait to bust open and play with.

This is another view of the "Mouse Dream" painting I wrote about awhile ago. I think the little feetsies turned out pretty good. I hope to do some more of these black and white images....if I ever have time in the studio....Even a 30 hour a week job is kicking my ass.

This painting, "Notes on a Species" (this is only a detail) was, by far, the most intricately drawn. So far, it has also received the most praise (mostly from Fromage). It and it's 2 companions in this new series of work get seen by the art-viewing public at large this Friday night. It'll be interesting to hear what folks think about these... I'm pricing them at $250.00. (Framed 20"x26") The gallery owner thought this was a good bet.

Tonight I'm enjoying an evening at home. The last 2 nights have been spent with some fabulous friends. Monday, I spent the evening with extraordinary painter Jean Lester, who is definitely one of my role models. With us was friend Anita, a writer. I think we talked for 6 hours straight about life, art, work, money, marriage, etc. It was awesome....I sometimes feel starved for a truly good, deep, meaningful conversation....

Last night was beer, food and playing Cranium with Wayne and Nellie, whom I consider our favorite 'double date' friends. There was alot more hysterical laughing than deep conversation, but that has it's own great value.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

"Preservation of the Sweet," Acrylic inks and gouache on watercolor paper. (Detail view) 20"x16"

Life is full. My co-worker asked me if I just had TONS of energy all the time to maintain my art career, working, etc. I honestly told her I had arranged my life into four basic areas: Home+Fromage, Art, Working, Skiing. This seems to say it all. Stuff outside these areas is pretty much extraneous. Friends are in there somewhere...but it doesn't seem like I'm spending much time with them these days.

Deep winter is upon us, regardless of the unusually warm temperatures and very little snowfall. We're losing 5-8 minutes of daylight every day on our continual slide towards December 21st and that final, 3+hour "day." I'm naturally drawn to hibernation this time of year. Stay home, read, eat, sleep. Leaving Alaska at this time of year is crucial to my mental health. I don't know if it'll happen this winter, but hoo boy would I love a few weeks in Mexico!

Work in the studio has been going really well. I've let myself drop "The Shape" completely and played with color, fine calligraphy nibs and acrylic inks. (Thank you Laura Wait, for introducing me to them----they are SO wonderful to work with!) And hey Penland book ladies out there, I'm writing in Klingon on these paintings---it's fabulous!

The above snippet of a drawing/painting is one of my most recent works, already installed in the Women's Exhibit at The Alaska House Art Gallery. Being picked up by this gallery is such a pleasure. The owner, Yolande Fejes, is an organized and informed businesswoman with great marketing savvy and a lifelong history in the arts. She and I have had a couple of good conversations about arts/artist professionalism and organization. My kind of lady! With the delivery of a full portfolio later this week, I hope to have a solo show at The Alaska House scheduled for sometime in 2008 or early 2009. It's a smaller, more intimate gallery that also sells Alaskan native fine art and crafts. This would give me the opportunity to make more smaller scale works with a more illustrative bent, the direction I've been heading. Very cool.

On another note....
Life is not all sun and roses. (Well, of course, I live in a deep-freeze....)
I'm totally frustrated by working a job for low wages. It feels like such an utter waste of time when I could be in the studio. Of course, bills have to be paid.....but it doesn't make me any less resentful. I'm totally frustrated by having to work at all, truth be told! I have a career---I have a job: making art, being an artist. I'm also resentful of cleaning house, doing errands, worrying about finances....

Yes, I would love a few weeks in Mexico.....